CMS Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Rule on Home Health Conditions of Participation for Medicare Participating Home Health Agencies

CMS Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Rule on Home Health Conditions of Participation for Medicare Participating Home Health Agencies

October 8, 2014 08:51 AM

PRESS RELEASE

For additional information:

Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
(202) 547-7424
bdw@nahc.org

 

CMS Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Rule on Home Health Conditions of Participation for Medicare Participating Home Health Agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 7, 2014) – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) orchestrated a two-prong effort that will have wide implications for nursing home, home health, and hospice agencies. First, CMS announced the expansion and strengthening of the agency’s Five Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes that will improve consumer information about the quality of individual nursing homes. Second, CMS announced a long-awaited revision of the Home Health Conditions of Participation (HH CoPs). The proposed regulation will modernize the home health regulations for the first time since 1989 with a focus on patient-centered, well-coordinated care.
“The home health care industry provides the highest quality of services in Medicare,” said Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). “We want to work closely with the Medicare program and other stakeholders on this effort to modernize the Home Health Conditions of Participation. Our goal is to help the home care industry maintain its high standards to the benefit of the venerable population we serve.”
NAHC is currently assessing the proposed rule and plans to conduct the following efforts around the new HH CoPs:

  • Host a teleconference on Thursday, October 9, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST, entitled “How to Understand What the Proposed Changes in the Home Health Conditions of Participation Mean to You”
  • Offer educational sessions at the NAHC Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 19, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ
  • Host additional teleconferences and webinars for NAHC members

About NAHC
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org.

 

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